Publication Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd Ed.
Authors/Editor: Smith, Howard S.
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Fills a dearth of clinical knowledge about analgesics to aid practitioners in weighing the risks versus the benefits of opioid therapy for their chronic pain patients.
This second edition provides updated information on recently approved opioids as well as approved indications for older opioids and clinical trials.
This guide serves as a practical, accessible reference for physicians across the range of primary care and medical specialties. It includes an overview of appropriate clinical applications of opioids, covering such topics as opioid pharmacology, route selection, and individualization of therapy, as well as strategies for managing and mitigating the risk of abuse, addiction, and diversion. There are also special sections dedicated to the unique needs of pediatric, geriatric, and palliative care patient populations.